The upcoming CBS pilot Matlock has thrown East New York star Skye P. Marshall opposite Kathy Bates in a modern take on the classic legal drama.
According to Deadline, Marshall will play Olympia, a formidable lawyer with a thirst for justice and a key provocateur at New York’s most prestigious law firm. As she juggles her work and home life, Olympia remains laser-focused and not easily impressed, which becomes apparent when she is tasked with overseeing a third junior associate.
The revival that comes from Jane the Virgin creator Jenny Snyder Urman and NCIS: Los Angeles star Eric Christian Olsen, revolves around Madeline Matlock (Bates), a brilliant seventy-year-old woman who rejoins the world of law, where she uses her no-nonsense demeanor and shrewd tactics to win cases and expose corruption from within.
Matlock, created by Dean Hargrove, originally premiered in 1986 on NBC and ran for nine seasons, ending in 1995 on ABC. It starred Andy Griffith and became a huge hit, and today is considered one of television’s most iconic crime dramas.
Marshall recently starred in Qasim Basir’s feature film To live and die and live, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Her recent television appearances include recurring roles on two other CBS series, the crime drama East New York and the medical drama Well done Sam. Her previous credits include The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Black lightningand The rookie.
In addition to his starring role, Bates will also executive produce the pilot alongside Sutton Street’s Snyder Urman and Joanna Klein and Cloud Nine’s Olsen and John Will.
Matlock (2023)TBA, CBS